I Need Your Help To Get To Story 2012

September 3, 2012 — 10 Comments

In less than three weeks I’m going to the Story 2012 conference in Chicago.

But, I need your help.

Story is a conference for Creatives.  I’ve been following Ben Arment (the creator of Story) on Twitter for quite some time and have been impressed by his ability to create an environment for people to grow and create together.

“STORY is a two-day conference for the creative class in downtown Chicago, featuring presenters from a variety of creative fields. Our goal is not to invite speakers and artists you’ve heard of… but those you will. We strive for associational learning across disciplines, believing there’s much a filmmaker can learn from, say, an entrepreneur, and so on. Our metric for success is what you are inspired to go out and create.”

I’m confident this experience will empower me to tell my story more clearly and creatively and, in turn, enable me to encourage YOU to tell YOUR story.  Everyone has a story.  Yours is just as important as anyone else’s.  On a personal level, I can’t wait to see my friend Bob who will be presenting and I’ll finally get to meet one of my heroes, Anne Lamott.  Can’t wait to update my list!

Here’s where you come in.

The conference is $300, plus lodging and food.

Would you help send me to Story?

Here’s what I’ve come-up with in exchange for your support (I think it’s pretty fun):

First, I have a number of UNIQUE LOH items for sale.  I’ll update this list as the items sell.  Just email me about what you want and we’ll figure out how you want to pay for it.

Some of the loot.

(2) Men’s Large T-Shirt – $25 each, (1) Women’s Medium T-Shirt – $25 each,  (2) Women’s Large T-Shirt – $25 each, Stickers – $5 each  (The adult T-Shirts are different than the ones you can get on the CafePress site in that the website is printed on the back!)

Now, here’s what I’m really excited about.

I’m going to make a special video and YOU can be a part of it!  If you give one of the following amounts, you’ll receive the corresponding rewards.

$10 – You’ll get an Executive Producer credit in the video!

$15 – You’ll get an Executive Producer credit AND a verbal “thank you” in the video!

$20 – You’ll get an Executive Producer credit AND a verbal “thank you” in the video AND a sticker!

Here’s one of the more popular videos, in case you haven’t seen one yet:

Sound fun?  I think so.

But, there’s more!

How would YOU like to choose the video I make??  Within reason.  hehe  The person/group that bids the highest will get to choose a video for me to make and will get verbal credit in the video for the idea!

Bidding will start at $25.  If you want to “Direct” (choose) the video, you’d email me and say, “I’ll bid $30!” and then I’ll update the bid amount in this space.  I’ll keep doing that this week and bidding will end at 10pm CST on September 7th.  Email your bid to me at ryan (at) livingonehanded (dot) com.  Whoever wins will be notified 9/7 and we’ll workout the payment arrangement then.

For any of the merchandise or rewards (or just to donate), click the button below and give securely; please indicate what it is you’re purchasing!  (Email first about the merch so I can let you know if it’s still available!)

Of course I’ll write a post (at least one) about my experience and how it’ll affect LOH.

Thank you so much for being a part of the LOH community and for supporting me.

YOU are the reason I do this!

Sincerely, Ryan

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10 responses to I Need Your Help To Get To Story 2012

  1. Bess, Mom to Oliver (and Finlay, and Kelly!) September 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Okay. I need a mug, a sticker, that kids SMALL Tshirt, and do you have any women’s small tshirts?? Should I pay via the donate button, or do you invoice via PayPal? -Bess

  2. Katie Kolberg Memmel September 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Well, Ryan… I’ve been eye’ing one of those mugs for quite some time… Now seems like an excellent time to purchase 🙂 E-mail me and we’ll come up with a plan, ok?

    Katie M

  3. We’re in. Good luck, Ryan!

  4. donation is on it’s way Ryan
    God Bless you for the wonderful work you do.

  5. Do you still have a med. children shirt? My boy is 5 1/2 and he MUST have one of these shirts. Love your site and can’t wait for him to see all the wonderful things you are doing. I am going to send his PE teachers to this site as well to help him feel more comfortable in gym….he doesn’t seem to like it too much yet.

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